The first discovery of them by non-native individuals occurred in 1817, in Brazil. Researchers subsequently took samples to Glasgow for identification.
The Cattleya Orchid also bears the name of William Cattleya. He was the first to successfully grow them outside of their native habitat.
Following this single shipment, outsiders did not see them again for another 70 years. This occurred due to erroneous information pertaining to the location of their discovery.
Cattleya Orchid Physical Nature
The Cattleya Orchid is best known for having large, brilliantly colored blooms. The size of the blooms varies greatly by species. They range from 2-6 in (5-15 cm) across.
The colors of the various Cattleya Orchid also include almost every color except black and a few shades of blue. The majority of breeds produce flowers with three narrow sepals.
There are also typically three broad petals. One of these typically forms the conspicuous lip the plants remain known for. A single plant sometimes displays anywhere from 1-10 flowers.
Cattleya Orchid Habitat and Environment
The Cattleya Orchid remains a purely tropical group of species. The various types most commonly grow in areas of bright sunlight, with partial shading.
The color of the leaves also easily varies according to the amount of sunlight they receive. Under optimum conditions of lighting, the leaves develop an apple green color.
This orchid does not bloom without ample sunlight. They prefer soil with a rather high moisture content, but with ample drainage. They also reproduce through the production of pseudobulbs. Some species even bloom twice per year.